We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

Hi there, my name is Kara and I am (as one reader called me) “a reporter on the mundane.” I have an MFA in fiction and years of profiling artists under my belt, but in 2021, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor which was attended by miracle workers in a long ass surgery. I recently underwent a second surgery and the whole thing has been removed. The experience has been a real taser - are you awake yet - and inspires me to turn the camera on myself.

This newsletter is a volume tool, helping me hear my own voice in a culture that can be pretty effin’ loud. It’s a form of witnessing my days and reminding myself how connected we all are. It’s a playground exploring things that bring me joy and anxiety, and the kind of wisdom that only comes from paying attention.

I believe it’s also a necessary correction for gender issues, since activities and roles traditionally coded as “female” are given less credence in our culture. This misogyny hurts us all. As someone parenting in a female body, it has certainly hurt me. I want to talk about it, explore it, reclaim these softer spaces. I believe we genuinely need them, each of us, and I want to do my part normalizing them. In a way, I want to mother us all, so we can be a little nicer to ourselves and each other.

I write about creativity because I need it to stay sane. I also write about relationships, parenting, and things I’m “failing” at, pop culture, film, music, books, and why I own too many geese figurines. My hope is that this excavation inspires and heals, helping us all land more softly in our hearts.

I have also completed Martha Beck’s Wayfinder Life Coach program and am currently working toward certification. If you or someone you know would like support navigating steep changes in your life, or you desire support so you can hear your inner voices more clearly, I am here to help. Email me at karanorman@yahoo.com for more about my rates and offering. My style is gently playful while also caring and deeply attuned.

To find more of my writing, go here. For an explanation of my other blog’s untidy, Sanskrit-heavy name, go here. For some of my fiction, go here.

If you feel inspired to subscribe to this newsletter, I would be so grateful.

Thank you for being here. Heart emoji, deer emoji,

Kara

P.S. Am I on Instagram? Kind of! @karaunderaspell

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I write about creativity, sanity, and wisdom traditions. I also write about books, music, pop culture, and owning too many geese figurines. Come for the kale, stay for the coffee cake.

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Free spirit in human form - trying to figure it out.